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Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary, Map, Cost, Altitude, Trekking Permit Cost, Weather

Posted By: Simran Subba , June 2021

Tsum Valley Trek is among the greatest hikes in the Hindu-Buddhist-Hindu-Buddhist-Buddhist-Buddhist-Buddhist-Budd The secret Tsum valley is reached via the Tsum valley hike. The Tsum Valley's magnificent vistas, encircled by the towering chains of Mount Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Shringi Himal, are captivating and exude majesty at every turn. 

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Hikers were first allowed access to this remote and secret Shangri-La in 2008. It is still largely undamaged, with historic settlements and Tibetan Buddhist temples awaiting exploration. Tsum Valley Trek is also the only adventurous trekking location near Mansalu. Our hiking adventure begins in Arughat and ends in the distant Tsum area.

Highlights of the Tsum Valley trek

  1. A tranquil trekking adventure.
  2. Bathe in a natural hot spring for a relaxing experience.
  3. Explore the secret valley's desert hiking.
  4. A major cultural and spiritual experience.
  5. The unique ethnic blend of Tibetans and Nepalese.
  6. Stunning vistas of Mt. Ganesh and Manaslu ranges.
  7. Taking a panoramic journey from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshisahar to Kathmandu.
  8. Learn about an old type of Buddhist dialect, art, culture, and religion.

A brief introduction to the Tsum Valley

The Tsum Valley, located northwest of Kathmandu, is a popular pilgrimage destination. It leads you to one of the most well-protected secret gorges in the Himalayas, which was formerly a separate region and is culturally and topographically distinct from the rest of Nepal. The inhabitants of the Tsum or Tsumbas Valley are Tibetans with their own dialect, ethics, and Buddhist faith, and this path was historically an important trading route between Tibet and the rest of the world.

Tsum Valley

Between the Sring Himal in the north, the Baudha Himal Chuli in the west, and the Ganesh Himal in the south, the Tsum Valley lies. Ancient art, culture, and religion are flourishing in the Tsum Valley. Some of the local people are descended from Tibetans, and they speak a language that is close to Tibetan but not identical to Tibetan.

Tsum valley is a valley in Gorkha district, western Nepal, that lies between 2000 and 3500 meters above sea level. Manaslu Conservation Area, which was formed in 1998, has authority over the valley.

There are 33 settlements in the valley, each with 529 homes and a population of 1,810. The valley's lower reaches are steeper and have less habitation. Tsumba is the valley's indigenous inhabitants, who practice Bon shamanism and Buddhism.

Tsum Valley trek Altitude

The height of the Tsum Valley walk ranges from 1,905 meters at Lhokpa to over 5,093 meters at the Tibetan border's Ngula Dhojhyang pass. The Valley is bordered on the west by the Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5,093m) and on the north by the Yamcho Pass (5,326m). When crossing the main Manaslu stream, one has the distinct impression of entering a secret realm.

Tsum Valley trek Difficulty

Tsum Valley Trekking is a challenging adventure. The region's seclusion, along with the altitude, exacerbates the situation. Even though you will be able to witness the unspoiled beauty of nature, you will have to pay a high price. The pathway is occasionally traveled and includes a steep climb.

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Tsum Valley Trip is Nepal's most popular off-the-beaten-path trek. The Nepalese government did not let overseas hikers into this valley until 2008. It was done in order to safeguard the indigenous culture and traditions from outside influences. You may appreciate the beauty and wildlife of the Manalsu Conservation Area Project while trekking along the rough routes that go up and down.

Tsum Valley trek Route

To begin your Tsum Valley hike, you have several options. One option is to use the Kathmandu-Gorkha-Aarughat-Soti Khola route. Kathmandu-Dhading-Aarughat-Soti Khola is the other. However, the landscape on both paths is nearly identical. You may ascend higher from Soti Khola by following the uphill and downhill routes. You pass through various Gurung villages on your way to your destination.

Tsum Valley Trek Map

Tsum Valley Trek is also the only adventurous trekking location near Mansalu. Our hiking adventure begins in Arughat and ends in the distant Tsum area.

Best season for the Tsum Valley trek

The Tsum Valley Trek is best done at the same season as the Manaslu Circuit, which is fall (September to November). This is the best period for trekking in the Tsum Valley. The weather is pleasant, making this the perfect time to go for a walk in the Stum Valley. The sky is typically bright and crystal clear, providing breathtaking vistas. Spring (March to May) is the second most popular season, as well as the peak climbing season. It is somewhat warm and mildly warm at low altitudes.

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Nepal has a nice climate throughout the spring season. Rhododendrons, orchids, and other flowering flora will blanket the slopes. Autumn is Nepal's most beautiful season. Even in the highlands, the weather is warm. The days will be clear, allowing for the best views of the mountains. For individuals from all around the nation, these two seasons are ideal.

Tsum Valley trek Permits

The government formed Mansalu Conservation area project (MCAP) to safeguard the animals and plants of the Manaslu Tsum Valley region. This journey introduces you to the Himalayan region's distinctive vegetation and animals. As a result, you'll need an MCAP Entry Permit. The cost of an MCAP permit is $30 per person, per entrance. The permission is valid for the duration of your stay in the designated area.

Tsum Valley is a restricted area for trekking, therefore you'll need a special permit to access it. The cost of a Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit varies depending on the season. For the first seven days, you must pay USD 40 per person from September to November. Then, for each additional day, you must pay USD 7 per person.

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Likewise, the extremely special permission costs USD 30 per person for a week from December to August. You will be charged USD 7 per person every additional day after that. The trekking section of the Nepal Immigration Office in Kathmandu will grant special permission. To do so, you must submit your original passport as well as four passport-sized pictures to the appropriate office.

Tsum valley trek Cost

The Tsum Valley Trek approximately costs 1280US$ per person, with a minimum of two persons in the group. This price includes an experienced trekking guide, porters, breakfast, lunch, supper, lodge overnight.

Tsum valley trek Itinerary

Listed is the detailed 17 days itinerary of your Tsum Valley trek.

Day 1: Arrival at  Kathmandu (1360m)

On the day of your arrival, you will be greeted at the Kathmandu Airport and transferred to your accommodation. You are free to explore Thamel Bazaar on your own time.

Day 2: get ready with the  permits, preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today is a day of relaxation or preparation. We get permission and arrange the remainder of the details for our trip to the Annapurna Circuit, and you have the option of taking a guided tour of some of Kathmandu's most historically significant and spiritual monuments, which are also UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (710m) from Kathmandu; 7-8 hours drive

We get to Arughat through Dhadingbesi, the Dhading district headquarters, after a 7-hour trip from Kathmandu via the western highlands. We arrive in Arughat by a dirt road from Dhadingbesi, passing through lush hills. Arughat is an important town in the region, divided into two sections by the Budhi Gandaki river. We proceed on to Soti Khola, the starting site of our journey.

Day 4: hike to Machha Khola (887m); 6 hrs walk

Cross a bridge and hike through the magnificent Sal woods before ascending to a hilltop overlooking the Budhi Gandaki's massive rapids. On a steep, rocky route clinging to the edge of a cliff, the rough trail twists its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls. It gradually descends and passes through a few rice terraces before ascending and around to Labubesi, a Gurung settlement.

Ascend behind a rocky outcropping to the valley floor, where the Budhi Gandaki flows between large gravel bars. Before ascending over a side hill, descend to the sandy riverbed and stroll among rounded stones. Return to the river and cross it to Machha Khola village. Machha Khola is where you'll spend the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were among the meals served.

Day 5: Ascend to Jagat (1345m) 6-7 hrs walk

The limited route has a few small ups and downs before crossing the Tharo Khola, which flows through a steep valley, before arriving in Khorlabesi. After a few more ups and downs, we arrive in Tatopani through a little trailside hot spring. We ascend over another slope from the hot spring and then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge.

Climb a broad, well-made stairway to Dobhan, then bridge a landslide and across a ridge. The path climbs a rough trail to Duman after crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola. We approach Yaru Khola after climbing back to the Budhi Gandaki. We ascend stone stairs after crossing a suspension bridge across the Yaru Khola, then descend to the river and ascend more stone stairs to Tharo bharjyang. Cross the Budhi Gandaki to the west side, ascend over a mountain, then travel along the river before climbing to Jagat village. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were among the meals served.

Day 6: Walk to Lakpa (2240m), 6 hrs walk

We ascend across a steep slope to Salleri after finishing the ACAP protocol and then drop to Sirdibas. As the route ascends to Ghatta Khola, the valley expands slightly. Upstream, there's a long, basic hanging bridge. Ascend to Philim, a huge Gurung settlement. The Japanese-built school and police station in Philim Valley are well-known. We reach Lokpa after walking through Philim to the north through a forest with views of the shrinking valley and up north from Gum Pul. Lokpa is where you'll spend the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were among the meals served.

Day 7: Trek to Chumling (2386m) (Lower Tsum); 4-5 hrs walk

From Lokpa, the path descends for half an hour to Lungwa Khola before climbing a two-hour tough trail through pines and rhododendrons to Gumlung. We arrive in Chumling, Lower Tsum, after crossing the Siyar Khola, from whence we can see Shringi Himal. Visit the ancient Chumling gompa and the village's stone streets. Stay at Lokpa for the night.

Day 8: walk to Chhokangparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk

Pass the bridge to the other side of the river. Take in the breathtaking vistas of Ganesh Himal. We arrive at Gho Village after walking via Rainjam to Serpu Khola and crossing another bridge. The hamlet of Chhokangparo is reached after a two-hour hike to Tsum. Enjoy views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at 7140 meters, weather permitting. Chokhangparo is where you'll spend the night.

Day 9: Walk to Nile (3347m) via Milarepa Cave, 5-6 hrs walk

We hike through Ngakyu's settlements. Today is Leru, Lama Gaun's birthday. We'll pay our respects in a cave. The cave is said to be where saint Milarepa meditated (entrance cost to enter the cave was NPR 300/U$3). Piren Phu, which means "Pigeon cave," is another name for the cave. On the road to Chhule and the Nile, we travel via the villages of Burji, Phurbe, and Pangdun, where we can see spectacular large Buddhist Stupas. Stay in Nile for the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were among the meals served.

Day 10: Excurse the  Mu Gompa (3700 m) and Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m) 5-6 hrs long walk

We're on the verge of reaching the Tibetan border. Trek across Tibetan terrain to the valley's west bank. Climb to the top of the Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the region's largest monastery. The Gompa is located in the Tsum Valley's highest and most isolated location. Following that, we go to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Following your exploration of the Mu Gompa region. Stay in Nile for the night.

Day 11: Walk to Chhekamparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk

From Nile, it's a short trek to Chhekamparo today. We travel through Lar Village, stopping at the Rachen Gompa (also known as Nunnery Gompa), crossing a suspension bridge, and returning to Chhekamparo on the same route. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included in your overnight stay at Chhekamparo.

Day 12: Walk to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), 6 hrs walk.

From Chhekamparo, the route descends to Gho before crossing Dumje Bridge. We can go to Amchi, which is a Tibetan traditional clinic. There is a nun who operates a tiny Amchi and educates 10 to 21 young nuns. She greets visitors with Tibetan tea, and we travel for around 2-3 hours to Gumba Lungdang, where the monastery provides modest shelter and food.

Day 13: Hike to Ganesh Himal base camp

Following morning, prepare your daypack with water, napkins, snacks, a camera, and toiletries for our day trip to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. It takes the entire day to climb to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (6-7 hours). We spend the night in camp.

Day 14: Journey to Lokpa, 6-7 hrs. walk

Today we hike to Lokpa through Ripchet hamlet, walking down to Dunje from Gumba Lungdang and walking through the pine forest until we reach Ripchet, where the route descends sharply and we retrace our steps back to Lokpa. Stay at Lokla for the night. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner were among the meals served.

Day 15: descend to Jagat, 6-7 hrs walk

We head down to Jagat today after breakfast at Lokpa. The route descends to Ghumpul through a pine and rhododendron woodland before rejoining the main Manaslu trail. We continue walking via Eklai Bhatti, Philim, and across the Buddhi Gandaki until arriving in Sirdibas and ultimately Jagat. Stay at Jagat for the night.

Day 16: Walk down to Lapubesi 6-7 hrs walk

After a 15-minute walk from Jagat, the path descends to Bagar, were it over a suspension bridge and passes across a cantilever bridge erected in the aftermath of the devastating Nepal earthquake that damaged the famed Manaslu hiking track. Continue the journey via Dovan, Tatopani (hot spring), Khorlabesi, and Lapubesi, where I will spend the night.

Day 17: Back to Arughat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk

Today is the last day of our Tsum Valley journey. From Lapu Besi, we walk to Arughat. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner were among the meals served.

Day 18: Back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you begin your journey by following the Budhi Gandaki River's banks. You arrive at Soti Khola with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, a lush green landscape, and lovely settlements.

Later you drive along the same route you had driven a few weeks before. Views of the Manaslu area hiking and the Ganesh Himal Range, including tiny trade settlements, are available.


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